New York motorists may wish to abstain from drinking during the holiday season if they hope to avoid getting into trouble with the law. The New York State Police kicked off its 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign on Dec. 16, and troopers will remain on high alert until the safety effort draws to a close on Jan. 1, 2017. In addition to drunk drivers, troopers will be clamping down on reckless behavior such as speeding and seat belt violations.
New York residents may recall a motor vehicle accident involving two men who were charged for the same incident. A crash in August 2014 killed a 32-year-old woman from Brooklyn, and two men in separate cars were charged.
New York drivers should know that some DUI/DWI charges can be classified as felonies. While a misdemeanor carries various penalties, those for a felony are generally much more serious. Knowing what constitutes felony DUI/DWI is important to help avoid those higher charges.
The holidays are the time for celebration and meeting up with old friends and family. These celebrations, however, can take a bad turn if you drink and drive. Whether you are getting together with family at a party or escaping family events to hang out with friends at a bar, be careful if you drink before getting behind the wheel.
A 41-year-old man was charged for DWI after a traffic stop in New York Nov. 24. According to reports, the man is the nephew of film director Martin Scorsese. The incident that led to the man's DWI charge took place at about 11 p.m. in Oakwood Heights.
Football fans in New York and around the country may be familiar with Troy Hill. The promising 25-year-old defensive back had earned a regular place with the Los Angeles Rams after being claimed off waivers in December 2015, but he was unceremoniously released by the team on Nov. 22 just three days after an alleged drunk driving accident in California. Hill's career appeared to be blossoming with the Rams after brief and unsuccessful stints in Cincinnati and New England.
Police in New York have reported that a 31-year-old Suffolk County resident was taken into custody on the afternoon of Oct. 30 following a routine traffic stop. The man, who police say has not been in trouble with the law before, faces a number of charges including a misdemeanor count of aggravated DWI. Reports indicate that the man's bail has been set at $500.
While New York is one of the states that has legalized medical marijuana, there is still no scientifically accurate test to ascertain whether a person is too impaired to drive. There are a number of hurdles to developing such a test. One of the major ones is that unlike alcohol, THC does not act in a predictable way in the human body. Its effects differ from person to person, and there is no reliable measure of THC that corresponds to dangerous impairment.
A 58-year-old New York woman was taken into custody on the evening of Oct. 25 after officers in Niagara County determined that she was driving her SUV while under the influence of alcohol. Officers say that the woman's speech was slurred, her breath smelled of alcohol and a half empty bottle of tequila was visible on the floor of her Chevrolet Equinox. In additions to a charge of driving while intoxicated, the woman is facing counts of drinking while behind the wheel and refusing a breath test.
A New York man has been sentenced to prison for an incident in which he drove a tractor through the rural town of Lowville in a state of intoxication. He was arrested by authorities at the time of the incident on March 5 and pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated on Aug. 12.